Leonardo DiCaprio is about to get his Hannibal Lecter on with his latest project. The actor has just signed on to star and produce the big screen adaptation of the book The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic And Madness At The Fair That Changed America, which was written by Erik Larson and published in 2003.

In the film DiCaprio will play “Dr. HH Holmes, a cunning serial killer believed to have murdered anywhere from 27-200 people at a time when the city of Chicago was enthralled with hosting the World’s Fair of 1893. Holmes constructed The World’s Fair Hotel, an inn more lethal than the Bates Motel, especially for young single women. The sociopath used charm and guile to lure guests into what became known as a “murder castle,” a haunt that had a gas chamber, crematorium and a dissecting table where Holmes would murder his victims and strip their skeletons to sell for medical and scientific study.”

If that doesn’t kill your childhood memories of DiCaprio as Jack from Titanic, we don’t know what will. DiCaprio has never played a role like this before and has been interested in the project ever since the rights were originally optioned over 6 years ago.

What do you think of DiCaprio playing a serial killer?

Source: Deadline